Escape from Injustice

Escape from Injustice, an e-book published, Copyright and written by Warne Wilson.

The story is preceded by a quote from Joseph Campbell: “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us” followed by a prologue describing an incident that occurred in 1850’s Ballarat, Southern Australia. Combined they provide the basic theme and setting for this book of the early developing country. The protagonist is John Lille, a 17-year-old college student with plans to graduate the following year, read law at Cambridge and join his barrister father’s practice in London. Unfortunately, he has an altercation with a classmate on a walk into town and although he only defended himself when attacked by his companion, the boy falls striking his head on a tree root and dies. Faced with imprisonment and probable hanging resultant from accusation by the boy’s vengeful father who threatens to produce a witness to outright murder, he flees with help from his father. Aboard ship to Australia, he makes friends with his barrister roommate and a very lovely young girl travelling with her mother from Ireland. He also learns to respect the reciprocal honor and trust that develops among the uneducated seamen who so constantly share recurring dangers. The relationship between John and Bernadette secretly blossoms and the two enter a partnership upon arriving in Melbourne. With help from his barrister friend he finds employment that leads to land speculation with his partner Bernadette, advances to a search for gold with additional partners who were members of the ship’s crew who had decided to take a run at prospecting. Now physically involved as well as partners with Bernadette, his life begins to take many turns that propel him and his friends through many adventures.

The author has set forth a tale that provides fascinating accounts of the scrambles for land acquisition in the newly developing country, the details of various steps in mining, the development of friction between the miners and the governing body and even interesting details of the differences between Catholicism and the Anglican Church and the demand for strict adherence required at that early time. It also is replete with constant setbacks for John along with the repetitive appearance of factors that might expose him as an escaped prisoner.

In summary, the author has presented an appealing tale in a well-written fashion with believable characters moving forward at a pleasant pace and has done so in a manner of writing that somehow, at least for this reader, recalls writers of an earlier age – a charming touch.

5* Charmingly presented historical fictional biography.

A Summer of Witches

A Summer of Witches (A molly Morgan Adventure), Copyright, written by M. Gandendran.

A Prologue presents a girl warning a group of smugglers in 1780 that the hated government agents were arriving so they needed to hide their stolen contraband (tea, salt, spirits) and escape immediately. Her brother Jeremiah, leader of the group decides he wants to save them with a successful ruse but he is caught and jailed, probably to hang. He makes a vow that his good work is not finished yet (and the reader discovers much later that he was correct). The story then opens in 1940 when young teen Lawrence and 12-year-old Rachel meet on a train while being moved from the heavily bombed cities of Portsmouth and London to the small country village of Burley lying close to a huge forest. They are assigned to a Mrs. Fernley for the duration of the hostilities. The plot next takes the reader to 1990 when the parents of young Nick Rivers decides to move to the country because of his repeated bouts with bronchitis. Until they can find proper housing and new jobs, he is sent to live with his Aunt Clarissa who lives in this same town. Here he meets Molly who tells him the forest has always been known for its myth and magic and in the ‘50’s a famous white witch, Sybil Leek. She also professes that her mother, a seemingly ‘hippy’ type individual, is a witch but really only is knowledgeable of herbs and other medicinal matters. The next chapter returns the reader to 1940 where Rachel and Lawrence are awakened and follow a crowd into the forest where strange ‘witchcraft-like’ happenings occur causing them to run away as fast as they can. The next day they go to the post office and find the postmistress was found dead in the forest. From this moment on the tale pursues a growing adventure involving witchcraft, evil influences of a deadly nature, ghosts and more, all exacerbated by Molly discovering her grandmother’s diary that evokes more questions instead of providing answers. Especially pertinent is an activity concerning the often voiced question of why the Nazis did not attempt to invade England during WW II.

The author has written a tale of the supernatural ostensibly for young adults but has done so in a most interestingly creative manner. The various periods, including that from the seventeen hundreds, have been nicely melded together so as to provide a smooth whole and the characters are most empathetically presented so actually, the tale certainly offers a fascinating read for anyone of any age who enjoys a little mystery included in a story of the occult.

5* Charmingly written tale of the occult.